Life is Like Canadian Football and Other Authentic Folk Songs

Life is Like Canadian Football

We’re so proud of our incredible Henry Adam Svec collecting his magical stories of folklore and Canadiana into his first novel, “Life is Like Canadian Football and Other Authentic Folk Songs”

Fans of Label Fantastic will recognize many of the artists mentioned in this book, including our own Jenny Omnichord.


Henry has put together a themed playlist to go with the book, and it is incredible.  Check it out!

Bird City Returns for their Car – a one-way tour from the West


Bird City Returns for their car

It’s been eight months and Bird City is finally flying back to get their car.  Will everything go as planned?  We sure hope so!  But what’s a trip west without a tour?  A vacation?  We can’t have that!  We’ve set up some shows, in the hopes that we can fill up our gas tank along the way.  Hope to see you!.  And wish us luck!


Thursday June 27th: A House show, Vancouver BC w/ Ida Nilsen

Friday June 28th: Mile Zero Wine Bar, Penticton BC w/ Hot Ticket

Saturday June 29th: Jita’s Cafe, Golden BC w/ Ian Bain

Sunday June 30th: Songsmith Sundays at King Eddy, Calgary AB

Monday July 1st: The Aviary, Edmonton AB w/ Dylan Ella, Sam the Living, and Jewel Jennifer Dahlgren

Tuesday July 2nd: The Gazebo, Saskatoon SK w/ Juniperous

Wednesday July 3rd: tba in Winnipeg MB

Thursday July 4th: Serendipity Gardens, Rossport ON


Bird City has been hard at work and Label Fantastic! has too!

Jenny with the yellow tenor











Label Fantastic! is branching out!  And it’s weird and wonderful!  More on that soon – we want to keep you guessing :)

Bird City is working on a new album!  Hoping it may finds it way released as early as this fall, but in the meantime we have some magical shows coming up:

June 9th – “In the Soil”, St. Catherines ON –

June 19th – An exciting show in Uptown Waterloo – details soon

July – A REALLY exciting show – details coming soon too!

We’ve also got lots of exciting Golden Bus announcements coming – the bus will return in April, keep in the loop by following

Bird City Heads West

Bird City West Tour Oct 2018

Check out this exciting western tour!  So many magical little places!  19 shows in 19 days!  October 11th – 29th 2018









Oct. 11th – Thunder Bay ON – The Apollo 

Oct. 12th – Kenora ON – Bob’s Burger Bar
Oct. 13th – Winnipeg MB matinee – Forth
Oct 14th – Langenburg SK – Flav’r Country Ranch

Oct 15th – Swift Current SK – Mighty Neighbourly House Concerts
Oct 16th– Lethbridge AB – Theoretically Brewing Co. w/ Phouka & guests
Oct 17th – Nelson BC – Royal on Baker
Oct 18th – Penticton BC – Cannery Brewing w/ Maiya Robbie
Oct 19th – Victoria BC – Vinyl Envy w/ Jessicka, & Mani Khaira
Oct 20th – Vancouver BC House Concert
Oct 21st – Vancouver BC – The Wise Hall
Oct 22nd – Abbotsford BC – The Car Port w/ David Ivan Neil
Oct 23rd – Summerland BC house concert w/ Tavis Weir

Oct 24th – Golden BC – Whitetooth Brewing
Oct 25th – Calgary AB – The King Eddy w/ IG BO LYN (Clinton St. John’s new project) and Dumb Angel
Oct 26th – Edmonton AB – Kasbar – w/Amy Van Keeken, Lucas Chaisson & Liam Cody
Oct 27th – Saskatoon SK – House Concert w/Juniperous
Oct 28th – Winnipeg MB – Henderson House Concert

Oct 29th – Rossport ON – Serendipity Garden


Bird City teams up with Label Fantastic!’s Wax Mannequin and friends for some March shows!

March Show dates

It’s been too long!  Bird City (solo) and Wax Mannequin are sharing a bill again!  Reunited with traveling pal Martti Mäkkelä  These three are playing FOUR shows together in March (joined by one of Jenny’s ALL-TIME-FAVOURITES “Andrew Vincent” for the Ottawa Show!!!!!)   And then towards the end of the month Bird City re-joins her bandmates and shares the stage with the delightful Rich Burnett in Flesherton.  Such a month to look forward to.  See the dates below!

Fri. Mar. 9th, “The Garnet”, Peterborough ON w/ Wax Mannequin & Martti Mäkkelä

Sat. Mar. 10th,”Pressed” Ottawa ON, w/ Wax Mannequin, Andrew Vincent, & Martti Mäkkelä

Sun. Mar. 11th, “Musiikki Café”, Kingston ON, w/Wax Mannequin & Martti Mäkkelä

Thurs. March 15th, “The Piston”, Toronto ON, w/Wax Mannequin & Martti Mäkkelä

Fri. Mar. 23rd, “The Bicycle Cafe”, Flesherton ON, w/ Rich Burnett


Hey friends!  There were many wonderful release dates so far this fall, including a VERY exciting show in Waterloo with the RHEOSTATICS, and there’s still a few shows left!  See the dates below!  More dates will be announced soon, stay tuned to the page or head over and follow Bird City on facebook

Winnowing tour poster












October 28th: Heritage Hall (Guelph) w/ Scott Merritt

November 5th: The Burdock (Toronto) w/Sandro Perri

November 18th: House Show (Meaford) w/Culture Reject (solo)

November 24th: Maxwells (Waterloo) w/ Rheostatics

November 25th: The Casbah (Hamilton) w/ Eiyn Sof & Mayor Mcca

December 9th: La Catalina, Peterborough w/ Joyful Joyful and Old Haunt

December 10th: Pressed, Ottawa w/ Krista Muir

December 22ND: “Winter Spectacular”, London ON w/ Luka, Construction & Destruction & more

December 23rd: Phog Lounge, Windsor ON w/ Henry Adam Svec

January 13th: Greenbank Folk Music Society, Greenbank ON w/ Scott Merritt

“Winnowing” – Bird City’s Debut Album – Out Today on Label Fantastic! and Coax

It’s here!  The day is finally here!

After more than three years recording, and the better part of a year preparing the release, Bird City’s album is available to the public.

Winnowing-cover-for-webBird City is the banjo/tenor guitar project of Jenny Mitchell, a Guelph, Ontario-based songwriter who previously performed as Jenny Omnichord and fronted the band The Barmitzvah Brothers among her many other musical projects.

Mitchell crafted the debut album by Bird City, Winnowing, over a three-year period with producer/engineer Scott Merritt at his Guelph studio, with a host of notable friends contributing. These included Bry Webb (Constantines), Nathan Lawr (Minotaurs), J.J. Ipsen (Jim Guthrie, Two-Minute Miracles), and Merritt himself on a multitude of instruments.

Tying it all together is Mitchell’s musical vision of creating out-of- body experiences through stark fragility, no matter how many instruments are on a track.

With Winnowing, Jenny moves beyond her quirky Omnichord persona, playing these exposed and poetic songs of paranoia, heartbreak and self-examination developed for nearly 15 years. Although she likes to describe her work as “tiny songs,” Winnowing is a towering achievement from an artist long considered one of Canada’s unsung treasures, who is poised to at last get the recognition she deserves.

As of today you can buy copies on bandcampCoax Records, and by requesting them at your favourite local record stores (distribution through Outside records)  The BEST of course is buying them directly from Bird City at one of the upcoming release shows (see posted dates below)  Check out this article about the record, from “The Record” 

Upcoming shows: 

Oct 28 :: Heritage Hall :: Guelph ON [w/ Scott Merritt]

Nov 5 :: The Burdock :: Toronto ON [w/ Sandro Perri]

Nov 18 :: House Show :: Meaford ON [w/Culture Reject]

Nov 25 :: The Casbah :: Hamilton ON [w/ Eiyn Sof & Mayor McCa]

Dec 9 :: Catalina’s :: Peterborough ON [w/Joyful Joyful]

Dec 10 :: Pressed :: Ottawa ON

Advanced stream up today on Grayowl Point!

Extremely excited to get to share this with you!  Tune in to Grayowl Point for an advanced stream of Bird City’s “Winnowing”.

We’re getting closer and closer to release date folks.  You can check out the upcoming tour dates below












Oct 28 :: Heritage Hall :: Guelph ON [w/ Scott Merritt]

Nov 5 :: The Burdock :: Toronto ON [w/ Sandro Perri]

Nov 18 :: House Show :: Meaford ON [w/Culture Reject]

Nov 25 :: The Casbah :: Hamilton ON [w/ Eiyn Sof & Mayor McCa]

Dec 9 :: Catalina’s :: Peterborough ON [w/Joyful Joyful]

Dec 10 :: Pressed :: Ottawa ON